of the Bike Rack
I wanted to provide more details about the
bike rack and how it mounts. By the way, I've learned that the official name is the
||You can see that the bike rack consists of:
-Mounting Plate with Wheel Shoe and Supporting Arm attached
-Mounting Plate with nothing attached
-Wheel Shoe, (independent of second mounting plate) that slides inside the rail to fit
your bike's wheelbase.
-Frame Holder on the top end of the Supporting arm.
The Supporting Arm has a radius of
25" and the center of rotation is 1.5" below the bottom of where the tire
||Above is a picture that shows the bottom of the mounting
plate with the base of the supporting arm. The other plate is similar. You can see the two
sliders. They are about 3/4" square and are just shy of 5" apart. Note that
there are four more holes that could be used on some other type of mount. Their centers
make a rectangle of 3"x1 5/8".
||I really hate these square sliders. They should be
round, or slightly less desirably, they should be longer with rounded edges so they slide
into the rail easier. It is very annoying to try to slide these onto the rail while they
tend to rotate and get jammed. What was that reputation for German engineering? (Just
||Another perspective of the mounting plate.
Here's a close-up of the frame holder.
It locks in a fairly clever way, and you can see my spare key dangling from the key that
is inserted. I put the tape measurer up so you can see the amount of webbing available to
wrap around the frame. Very big frames (like a cannondale) will probably have problems,
but you can replace the webbing with a longer strap. Note that you need some slack in the
web to be able to hook it up.
It is trivial to put a longer web strap in
the frame holder. You need to sew up one end to a hook, and the other end you sew up after
it is installed. Anyone with a sewing machine should be able to handle it.
||Here's a picture of the bike rack with a Trek VRX300
onboard. The frame holder will reach the downtube fine, but the web strap definitely needs
to be lengthened. The bike shop dude was very kind to hold this up while I took the
Installation - Starting Off
2. RTS Installation - A Pillars
3. RTS Installation - B Pillars
4. RTS Installation - Installing Arches and
5. RTS Accessories
6. Bike Rack Details
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